News & Events

News and Upcoming Events

 10 Questions to ask before you enter residential aged care

The Older Women’s Network NSW has a long and proud tradition of working with partner organisations to advance the interests of older women. Over the last six months we have joined a group of aged care professionals, consumers, carers and nurses   to help produce a  new series of  leaflets  to support older people as they navigate the aged care system.

 Given that many older people are daunted by the complexity and enormous potential expense of residential aged care, the first leaflets cover a range of topics such as aged care fees and contracts, staffing, GP services, cultural needs, palliative care and lifestyle.

Access the leaflets here


Past news and events

Older Women’s Network NSW – Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th August 2016
Click here for 2016 AGM & Conference Registration form.
Click here for 2016 Conference Accommodation Options.


Sutherland OWN Celebrates 15th Birthday!

Members of OWN Sutherland recently celebrated their 15th birthday.

Click here to read an article published in the St George Sutherland Shire Leader about the group: SUTHERLAND SHIRE OLDER WOMEN


Older Women’s Network NSW – 2nd Quarterly Meeting, 2016

OWN NSW and Bankstown Wellness Centre cordially invite all members to our second Quarterly Meeting to be held at Bankstown on Thursday 26th May.

Date: Thursday 26 May 2016, 11am – 12:45pm.
Venue:The Georges River Room, Bankstown Sports, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown.
Free parking is available, enter via Greenfield Pde or Mona Street.
Bankstown Sports is a 5 minutes walk from the South Terrace exit at Bankstown Station.

Click here for the agenda: OWN Quarterly Meeting 26 May 2016.


Older Women’s Network NSW – 1st Quarterly Meeting, 2016

Date: Thursday 25 February 2016

Please make a note in your diary that the Quarterly Meeting is being hosted by Sutherland Wellness. It would be great to see many groups represented. It will commence at 10am at the Club on East, 7 East Parade, Sutherland which is a very short walk from Sutherland Station.

Older Women’s Network Australia – International Women’s Day event – “A Fairer Future”

Date:Tuesday 8th March 2016, 9:15am to 12:30pm
Venue: NSW Parliament House Auditorium, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney
RSVP: online and complete registration form, or phone Mary on 0404 735 698 or 0420 785 335 for enquiries.

Special guest speakers:
The Hon. Susan Ryan AO: Age & Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission.
Ms Kasy Chambers: Executive Director, Anglicare Australia.
The Hon. Pru Goward MP: NSW Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Medical Research, Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Assistant Minister for Health and Minister for Women.
Ms Ludo McFerran: Author, member Women and Work Research Group (Syd Uni), Human Rights Community Award recipient, member International Domestic Violence at Work Network
Ms Nicole Watson: Indigenous academic, lawyer and writer.

Tickets $20 OWN Members, $30 non-members. Credit card payments available via PayPal (membership of PayPal is not required).

Click here for the  2016 IWD Event Flyer

OWN NSW Older Women’s Wellness Expo

Date: Thursday 7th April 2016

As part of Seniors Week, OWN NSW are hosting a Wellness Expo in Newtown. The expo aims to enhance the wellbeing of older women, support community connections and promote positive ageing. There will be stalls, performances, demonstrations, interactive activities and wellness presentations. More details to come! We look forward to you joining us on the day.

Yes we made it, OWN has moved!

Our new address is 8-10 Victoria Street, Newtown, NSW 2042
Ph: 02 9519 8044
FX: 02 9519 8033

HELP – We need you now!

OWN has played a valuable role in influencing government policy for the past 25 years, and our objectives and guiding principles remain very relevant.
But OWN, like other Not for Profit organisations, operates in an environment where governments are reducing, or axing funding, and definitely increasing, or changing, requirements that we must conform to in order to qualify for government funding.
The OWN NSW Management Team is thus in the process of taking stock of what is needed to survive and be effective as a progressive, challenging and relevant organisation; with sound management that constantly seeks to support and work with OWN groups.
That process has been started including identifying the areas of work the Management Team is responsible for. We hope members will rise to the challenge and nominate to be a member of a subcommittee, or the Management Team when vacancies come up.
We are aiming to provide a firm base for future work and the survival of OWN.

The sub committees identified so far are:
Events: Planning conferences, quarterly meetings, parties etc, new location
Communication: Responsible for brochures, website, OWN stories etc, Media
Risk and compliance: policies and procedures, insurance, partnerships with other groups
Financial: financial reports, banking, audit, payroll
HR: Staff records, recruitment, job description, staff support
Secretariat: Minutes, agendas, letters, phone calls
Policy and research: Wellness, Elections 2015, attend conferences and report.
Office for Ageing: Work Plan obligations and responsibilities, contact with Ministers of Government, other relevant organisations.

Probably none of us know everything about all of these areas, but together we do know a lot and, let’s face it, we are creative! Sharing the work means that we all do a bit and it can be fun, not a burden. And the future of OWN depends on it!
Opportunities for training and/or support will be available.

Why not have a go and call OWN office, Monday or Tuesdays, or email us on and let us know you’re interested.

Older Women’s Network NSW – Quarterly Meeting and Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday 27 August 2015

Details will be sent to all Group and Wellness Centre Co-ordinators shortly, but for now ‘save the date’.

Older Women’s Network Australia – 23rd Annual Conference – “Making Connection”

Date: Monday 19 October 2015
Venue: Goodearth Hotel, 195 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA
RSVP: 11th Sept 2015
Post: Mrs. Julienne Thomas, Older Women’s Network WA Inc., 7 Bottlebrush Drive, Thornlie, WA 6108

Discount accommodation has been arranged for delegates through the Goodearth Hotel, so make sure you mention the conference when booking in. If you are thinking of going please let us know in the OWN NSW office and we can make sure we put you in touch with other OWN NSW members who may also be heading to the conference.

Click here for the Conference Program and Registration Form